The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being (“the right to health”) was first enshrined in WHO’s Constitution in 1946. Since then, the right to health has been enshrined in numerous international and regional human rights treaties as well as national constitutions all over the world. For many years, human rights remained largely the concern of specialist lawyers. In recent years, however, there is increased recognition in the public health community that human rights provide a useful framework and guide for action aimed at ensuring the conditions in which people can be healthy. There is also increased understanding, within the human rights community, how public health contributes to the realization of the right to health and other health-related human rights.
This online course intends to generate increased clarity and understanding about the important synergy between health and human rights.
It is developed with a broad target audience in mind comprising public health and human rights practitioners, WHO staff and other UN agencies, government officials, NGOs etc. from Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania.
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